Personal Bag Tags
unbreakable and definitely unmissable baggage tags make life much
easier when collecting your bags from the luggage carousel.
One of the problems of buying
a new suitcase is that it takes a while for it to develop a
unique 'personality' of its own - a combination of scratches and
stickers that help you to find it amongst a sea of almost
The MyTag personal bag tag
makes it easy for you to find your bag, and makes it hard for
anyone else to take your bag, whether accidentally or
Developed based on years of
Chuck Weisbart has worked in
the luggage industry for 35 years, ending up in charge of
Product Development for Samsonite, and was involved in the
development of some of their best selling suitcases of all time.
He set up his own travel
goods retail and repair store in Palm Desert, Ca, thirteen years
ago, and noticed a curious thing. Very few of the people
he dealt with could easily identify or describe their suitcases.
And so, he came up with a
simple but very effective solution - the MyTag baggage tag.
These are distinctive large bright name tags to be securely
fixed to your bags.
How the MyTag bag tags can help
These tags help you several
It makes it easier for you to
immediately identify your bag on the carousel.
It makes it much less likely
that someone else will accidentally confuse your bag for
their own similar bag.
If someone is looking for a
bag to steal, they are less likely to steal one that they
can't pretend, if caught, they had mistakenly thought was
their own. Generic plain suitcases are stolen much
more frequently than distinctively marked ones.
If someone is trying to take
your bag, you are more likely to notice it being taken away
If your bag is lost or
misdirected, it is much easier and quicker for the people
searching for it to find and identify it
These benefits obviously
apply not just when traveling by air, but if part of a coach
tour group or in any other situation where your bag is being
mixed with many other bags.
MyTag - What you Get
Each tag is almost
indestructible. It has a bright colored strip of nylon
webbing, 1½" x 7". At one end, a
triangular metal loop connects to a strong plastic tie that you
use to affix the tag to the handle of your bag.
The nylon webbing is folded
over, and on each side your name or anything else you want is
sewn on in large block letters 1" high, in your choice of
brightly colored cotton.
Inside the nylon webbing are
two plastic sleeve compartments. You can put your personal
details on one side, and on the other side, you can put your
travel itinerary (so if your bag goes missing, the finder knows
where to contact you and forward the bag to).
The plastic tie strap is of
the type that you loop through itself to the object you're
fixing it to. This means that there is nothing to come
undone or to fall off, keeping your tag very securely on the
They have been specially
designed so that there are no sharp edges or anything likely to
get caught and mangled in the automatic baggage handling systems
Each tag is well made and
very robust. They are simple but completely functional.
The tags come in fifteen
different combinations of webbing and stitching colors.
You can specify whatever you
want to be sewn onto the tag, up to ten characters in length.
They also have what they
call 'Tude Tags - tags that have phrases already sewn on them (eg
'Back Off' or 'Wrong One').
Cost of the MyTag baggage tags
$29.99 gets you three tags
all with the same text sewn on them. Additional tags are
$10 each. Standard shipping is $4.50.
Where/How to Buy
The baggage tags can be
ordered from their website,
This is a simple but very
useful item that you should have on all your bags. It may
save you having a bag lost or stolen, and it will definitely
make it easier for you when trying to spot your bag from the sea
of similar bags on any luggage carousel.
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5 Mar 2004, last update
28 May 2011
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